26 Jan

What makes you cry?

What makes a person cry says a lot about a person.

Our world is filled with injustice, poverty, war and rebellion against the Creator.

Babies cry for food; children cry when they don’t get their way; adults cry when they experience trauma and death.

Tears are defined as drops of salty fluid from the eyes. They can be brought on by irritation, laughter, sorrow and grief. When we cry, friends and family wonder what’s wrong and seek to console us.

What causes your tears? What makes you cry?

Do you weep because you have lost something of value? Have you been wounded and are experiencing physical or emotional pain? Do you weep because you suffer or have observed others who are suffering?

Jeremiah’s tears were tears of empathy and sympathy for his fellow countrymen. His heart was broken for things that broke the heart of God.

We get a glimpse into his heart when he said, “I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony as I see the desperate plight of my people. Little children and tiny babies are fainting and dying in the streets.” Lamentations 2:11 (NLT)

As we reflect on the things that make us cry, may we also reflect on the things that bring tears to the eyes of God.

There is something incredibly intimate about knowing we serve a God who has emotion. A God who cries, experiences pain and suffering. It seems we can some how relate to Him better in this way than any other.

As creatures crafted in His image, it is in our tears that we connect more deeply with the love and heart of God. As we cry, and tears well up in the eyes of God, we come to realize it is our tears that bring us closer to knowing Him more dearly.

Surely His heart is broken for us as He sees our plight and considers all that He had hoped for us.

Nonetheless, His love never fails as He cheers us on with tears in His eyes, redeemed, renewed and reconciled unto Himself.

Tears of pain? Certainly. Tears of disappointment? No doubt. Tears of joy? Yes, but most of all, when His kids bring their tears to Him, and together they weep in warm embrace, it is from the flow of tears where grace is most sufficient and where we, like Jeremiah, are given strength to carry on.

Cry out to Him today. He loves you. He knows you and He cries with and for you, everyday.

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